Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer

Born April 24, 1964

Cedric the Entertainer is one of the funniest people on the planet. Since his stand-up days, I have been following his career and catching him everywhere that I can.

Noteworthy

  • The Original Kings of Comedy – Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, and DL Hughley. This is still one of the best stand-up special of all time.
  • Barbershop – Cedric is Eddie. Barbershop is awesome and worth a re-watch every couple of years.
  • The Honeymooners – Who else can take Gleason’s place in this reboot… that is all I am asking.

We as comics do want an immediate response from the audience. It’s really quiet on the set, and there are only the producers, and the director, so a comic is looking for someone to give a reaction, even if it is the camera guy.

-Cedric the Entertainer

Rick Astley

Rick Astley - Born February 6, 1966 My sister was a Rick Astley fan. As a little brother, I also had to be a Rick Astley fan. He had some great songs back in the 80s and quite a few that I still listen to. Noteworthy Never Gonna Give You Up on his freshmen album...

My Podcast Playlist

I am a podcast junkie. Not a day has gone by that I have not listened to a few podcasts a day over the last several years. I use Beyond Pod to control my podcast habit. I usually listen them at 1.5 times the normal speed. Each of the podcasts below will get its own...

Movie Collections

Raise your hand if you still have physical movie collections. I only ask because I think it will become a thing of the past in years to come. A movie collection will become as anachronistic as a Super 8 projector - a VHS tape - a VCR - a laser disc - or a vinyl...

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter In honor of President's Day, I figured I would talk about a truly presidential movie: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Now, this is a film about a president that can really protect our domestic interests... from the UNDEAD HORDES! Go...

Sean Astin

Sean Astin Born February 25, 1971   Sean Astin is, was, and will always be the leader of the Goonies for me. As a kid, hell right now, I would follow Mikey into the pits of hell to find One-Eyed Willy's treasure. I still pine for a Goonies 2 and I still want...
Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Born April 23, 1977

Kal Penn roams this weird world between comedy and drama. He walks the edge between entertainment and public service. He has existed in different worlds and been successful. He is proof that while someone in Hollywood’s opinion isn’t better than anyone else’s it is still just as important. With Kal Penn, he knows what he is talking about – he has been there.

Noteworthy

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Buffy goes to college. She starts drinking beer with some college guys. The beer makes the college guys regress to be cavemen. Kal Penn is a caveman.
  • Van Wilder – As Taj, Penn is under the tutelage of Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds tries to teach him how to rule the school.
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle – This is my fav of Penn’s work. He and John Cho are so amazing together. The whole movie is worth the scene at the end where they are actually eating at White Castle. No one has ever shown that much joy and triumph with food before.
  • House – Big change for our comedian. He takes on one of the best medical dramas ever on TV.
  • How I Met Your Mother – As part of this ensemble, he completely holds his own with a pack of strong personalities and never gets lost in the shuffle.

What I love about L.A. and Washington, D.C. is that they’re almost the opposite of each other. L.A. is a very creative space while D.C. is a very cerebral space. So, they’re the ying and the yang in my world. I like them both for their own reasons.

-Kal Penn

Think you live in a Town with a Weird Name

Think you live in a Town with a Weird Name - Check these out! People make weird decisions about the names they give towns. Back in the day these names may have made sense, but now... Here we go: Booger Hollow, Arkansas – Believe it or not this town used to be a...

I Hate John Cena

In my many years of watching wrestling, and it has been roughly 30 years as a fan going all the way back to the Rock’n Wrestling cartoon and writing a letter to Hogan after Earthquake broke his ribs and put Hogan out for a few months.  I did receive a postcard from...

How to Talk Your Wife into The Walking Dead

How to Talk Your Wife into The Walking Dead I love The Walking Dead. It is one of the few shows that I actually watch when it comes on. I would be glad to watch almost anything else when it happens to roll on to a streaming service. TWD has to be watched as soon as it...

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino Born March 27, 1963   I am a Quentin Tarantino complete-ist. I am in it for the long haul. Even the flicks of his that might not be my favorites, I will watch and watch multiple times. He has a style that I dig. A sensibility that really works...

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning Born February 23, 1994   Dakota Fanning popped onto my radar when she appeared in either The Cat in the Hat or Man on Fire. Man on Fire certainly stood out more to me at the time. Since that point, she has continued to turn out good work and is one...
James McAvoy

James McAvoy

James McAvoy

Born April 21, 1979

James McAvoy is a product of Scotland that we are glad got exported to our shores. He is such a good actor. Whether he is a superhero or a villain you realize that McAvoy is putting everything out there with each and every scene.

Noteworthy

  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe – I thought that Wanted was the first time that I had seen McAvoy in a movie. I was wrong. He was MR Tumnus, the Faun. Who knew?
  • Wanted – Love this movie. McAvoy was officially added to my list of actors that look like they could pull off the violence they were enacting. He moves well, if that makes any sense.
  • Prof X – X-men: First Class / X-Men: Days of Future Past / X-Men: Apocalypse – Not the biggest fan of this run of movies but I do like McAvoy as Prof X. In particular, he is splendid in First Class.
  • Victor Frankenstein – If you have not watched he and Radcliffe as Victor and Igor you are missing out. This is my new favorite version of this story.
  • Split – Haven’t watched it yet. It is on the list. I really can’t wait.
  • Atomic Blonde – Watched this recently. Gritty, Cold War era spy movie. McAvoy is gravely and wonderful.

I was brought up by my grandparents. So people go, ‘Oh, what was that like? That must have been hard.’ And you go: ‘No, it wasn’t.’ It was just completely actually normal because the new norm seems to be whatever you make of it, doesn’t it?

-James McAvoy

You Hate Anchovies You Say- Balderdash!

You hate Anchovies?!? Are you freaking kidding me, I ask anyone making such a bold and usually uninformed pronouncement?  Anchovies are one of, maybe even the greatest flavor enhancing magic carpet ride that mere culinary mortals readily have at their disposal to add...

DL Hughley

DL Hughley Born March 6, 1963   DL Hughley first dropped onto my radar when he was part of the Original Kings of Comedy. I had probably seen him before that but this was my first exposure to his style of comedy, his perspective, and his brilliant mind. Noteworthy...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Born February 17, 1981   Joseph Gordon-Levitt just keeps getting more interesting and broadening his artistic sights. It seems as if there is nothing that he will not try and when he tries it... well he rocks it. Noteworthy Snowden - JGL take...

Sherilyn Fenn

Sherilyn Fenn - Born February 1, 1965 Sherilyn Fenn first popped on to my radar and a lot of other peoples when she was starring in Twin Peaks in the early 90s. This show was a huge change in TV and it still holds up to a re-watch or two or three. Noteworthy Twin...

How to Talk Your Wife into The Walking Dead

How to Talk Your Wife into The Walking Dead I love The Walking Dead. It is one of the few shows that I actually watch when it comes on. I would be glad to watch almost anything else when it happens to roll on to a streaming service. TWD has to be watched as soon as it...
Clint Howard

Clint Howard

Clint Howard

Born April 20, 1959

Clint Howard has been acting, small screen and large screen, since he was a child. His unique look, his acting chops, and the fact that he has been literally acting for his entire life makes Howard someone to look like whenever he shows up in a movie.

Noteworthy

  • Star Trek (TOS) – Balok – Howard played an alien and an adversary to Kirk and the Enterprise.
  • Gentle Ben – This was the first place that I remember seeing Clint Howard. I saw it in reruns but I do remember my mom telling me that he was Opie’s brother off the Andy Griffith Show.
  • Tango & Cash – Howard has a brief cameo in this 80s action film.
  • Backdraft – Another cameo and you can see in his career that it has become a badge of honor having Clint Howard show up in your movie.
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – He has one of the best running bits in all of these movies. The radar operator bit is a classic.

One of my earliest memories is being inside the recording studio and I see the shadow of a figure that looks an awful lot like Walt Disney. Then the door opened and Mr. Disney walked in and said, ‘Hi Clint.’ I won’t ever forget that.

-Clint Howard

Walking Dead Season 7 Finale

This is something I haven't ever tried before. I am going to attempt to chronicle my reactions to the Season Finale of The Walking Dead. #TheWalkingDead - #TWDFinale The Music this season has been really good. From the choices when they were torturing Darryl to the...

No Mans Sky

No Mans Sky is one of those hot new games that everyone was waiting for, for years. It was released and the copies disappeared off the shelves within hours. With a ground breaking programming style the team at Hello Games promised the largest open world game that we...

Just Cause 3

I am currently playing through Just Cause 3 on PS4. I have been a fan of this series from day one. In fact, I think I may have purchased the first one the day that the game came out. Basically, this is an action adventure game in an open world environment. Third...

Leprechaun – Some Light St Patrick’s Day Viewing

Leprechaun (1993) is a horror comedy and the first in the series of Leprechaun movies. Leprechaun - some light St Patrick's Day viewing - is one of those movies that you love because of its innate poor quality and thin plot. The fact that it is also one of Jennifer...

Ark: Survival Evolved – PS4

Ark: Survival Evolved finally hit PS4! There was great rejoicing. People lost hours, days weeks of their lives and dinos were tamed. I first heard of this game through a friend who was playing it on PC. He was regaling me with tales of dino taming. Crafting everything...
James Franco

James Franco

James Franco

Born April 19, 1978

James Franco has no problem stepping out to the comfortable into the shows of his role. He is an extraordinary actor, taking risk and all the while entertaining his audiences.

Noteworthy

  • Spider-Man – First thing that I saw Franco in. He is Harry Osborn the Green Goblin’s son and Peter’s best friend.
  • 127 Hours – An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (IMDb.com) In other words, he cuts of his own arm to survive – based on a true story.
  • The Interview – Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show “Skylark Tonight”. When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission. (IMDb.com)
  • The Disaster Artist – The maybe true story of Tommy Wiseau making the movie The Room. Franco is the lead.

If the work is good, what does it matter? I’m doing it because I love it. Why not do as many things I love as I can? As long as the work is good.

-James Franco

Logan

We have now seen our last film with Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine. Logan is the Story of Wolverine - in a time, in the future - he is dying and he is trying to help Professor X. Past the plot you have an outstanding performance by Hugh Jackman and newcomer Dafne Keen...

Lego the World’s Largest Manufacturer

Lego the World's Largest Manufacturer - You’ll Never Guess Who the Leading Tire Manufacturer in the World Is. In fact you may not realize this but Lego the World's Largest Manufacturer makes little blocks that we have all been playing with for years. As far as tires,...

Johnny Knoxville

Johnny Knoxville Born March 11, 1971   Johnny Knoxville is one of my favorite celebrities. He is his own person. He stays out of the bullshit, for the most part, and just does his own thing. he makes unique choices and again seems to be his own person in a...

Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies Born February 14, 1977   Jim Jefferies not only is he my favorite Australian comedian, he is one of my favorite comedians... period. He is also a great writer, talk show host, etc. Noteworthy The Jim Jefferies Show - Jim Jefferies applies his own...

Jason Lee

Jason Lee Born April 25, 1970   Jason Lee has been someone I have watched in everything they have been in since I saw him in Mallrats back in the day. Love his acting style and love the way he approaches a character. Noteworthy Mallrats - Lee is Brodie. Brodie is...